Supervisor Novasel cuts off Chairperson Frentzen during public comment

Click here for video of Supervisor Novasel cutting off Chairperson Frentzen at the June 6, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting: https://youtu.be/dPYdkYhMw48

On June 6, 2017 during agenda items #40 and #41 regarding spending Tribe funds, Supervisor Novasel cut off Chairperson Frentzen while she was asking a question during public comment.

Novasel insisted that the Board’s rules regarding the agenda prohibited Frentzen from asking a question during public comment. The rules (below), specifically state that the public cannot participate in deliberations AFTER public comment.

Is Novasel interpreting the rules correctly?

“Public comment will be received on each agenda item listed under Department Matters or Time Allocation as called by the Chair. There applicable, the principal party on each side of an issue is allocated 10 minutes to speak, individual comments are limited to 3 minutes, and individuals speaking for a group are allocated 5 minutes. (Adopted 8/10/93) Except with the consent of the Board, individuals shall be allowed to speak to an item only once. Upon completion of public comment the matter shall be returned to the Board for deliberation. Members of the public shall not be entitled to participate in that deliberation, or be present at the podium during such deliberation, except at the invitation of the Board for a point of clarification or question by the Board. The Board reserves the right to waive said rules by a majority vote.”

Video courtesy edcgov.us

Supervisors Violate Constitutional Oaths

Supervisors Novasel, Ranalli, and Veerkamp received the following letters on March 8, 2017.  As of this date, former Supervisor Mikulaco has not picked up his letter at the Post Office.

Click here to read letter to Supervisor Veerkamp
Click here to read letter to Supervisor Ranalli
Click here to read letter to Supervisor Novasel
Click here to read letter to former Supervisor Mikulaco

Here are excerpts from the letters and video clips:

Whenever constitutional violations are committed by public officers, there are constitutional remedies available to the people. Such remedies make those who violate their oaths, such as you, accountable and liable for their unconstitutional actions conducted in perjury of their oaths.

Your continued refusal to allow the public the opportunity to make comment on the staff’s monthly TGPA/ZOU status update was a violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act. By your actions, as stated herein, you perjured your oath, which oath was given in exchange for the public trust. Therefore, you violated the public trust, and also violated the rights of free speech, redress of grievances to government and peaceful assembly, guaranteed in the First Amendment, all of which actions were conducted by you without constitutional or any other valid lawful authority.

Your refusal to provide a meaningful process for Citizens made it extremely clear to the audience that this meeting was a joke, a farce and a fraud, simply meant to give the appearance of a just and fair hearing, but delivering nothing of the kind.

Monday, 12-7-15, Board of Supervisors “Special Meeting”

Dear Supervisors,

The public notice that was emailed on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 is copied below. The email announcement is clearly misleading to the public because it states that the sessions on Monday and Tuesday are only a study session and a workshop. The email announcement does not state that any action will be taken by the Board. However, the agenda for the Special Meeting lists several action items where the Board will be approving specifics of the CIP/TIM fee process and providing direction to staff. On the surface this appears to be a violation of the Brown Act and I request that you be abundantly cautious and do not take any action on this item.

Several of you ran for office on the promise of improving transparency and public involvement. Adding a Monday morning “Special Meeting” to the Board Calendar during the month of December when people are trying to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, is not what most people would consider a step in the right direction toward improving transparency and public involvement. Labeling this Special Meeting as a study session when the Board is actually going to be taking action on items is deceitful.

What is additionally concerning is that the public has requested many times this year that the Board improve its processes so that there is no perception of predetermined outcomes regarding projects. However, holding a Public Workshop on a Tuesday evening AFTER the Board approves several items and provides direction to staff at a Monday morning Special Meeting is exactly the type of predetermined outcome that the public has asked for you to discontinue.

Lastly, it has been noted by the public that many Board meetings in recent months have had minimal agendas and, therefore, led to very short Board meetings. Would it have been at all possible to have managed time better so that this very important item could be heard at a regularly scheduled Board meeting instead of a last-minute Special Meeting, which is virtually impossible for working citizens to attend? The public could perceive this as an intentional move to discourage public participation.

Here is the agenda item for the “study session.” This is not simply a study session. This is a Board agenda item where the Board is taking action and providing staff direction:
3. 14-0245
Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning Division,
recommending the Board consider the following relating to the Major
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Traffic Impact Mitigation (TIM)
Fee Program Update:
1) Determine TIM Fee Zone Geography and TIM Fee Zones;
2) Approve TIM Fee Project List;
3) Provide direction on inclusion or removal of right-of-way, sidewalk,
and curb and gutter from the TIM Fee Program and Frontage
Improvements Ordinance;
4) Provide direction on the percentage allocation of El Dorado County
Transportation Commission State/Federal Grant Projection;
5) Provide direction on relief for secondary dwelling units;
6) Adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution of Intent 204-2015
to amend the General Plan, pending review and approval by County
Counsel and Risk Management;
7) Provide direction for TIM Fee revenue annual transfer of funds from
Zone 8 and Zones 1-7 to ensure fair share funding of roadway
improvements;
8) Receive and file Draft TIM Fee Ordinance and Resolution;
9) Receive and file TIM Fee Program Environmental Constraints
Analysis;
10) Approve in concept the draft CIP project list, and discuss and
provide direction on “Unfunded” CIP Projects;
11) Receive and file Public Outreach Summary and Report; and
12) Discuss Project Schedule Information. (Est. Time: 3 Hr.)
FUNDING: TIM Fees and Road Fund.

12-7-15 Study Session and Workshop announcement.PNG

 

Harassment, Political Corruption, Eminent Domain and Governmental Abuse of Power

David vs Goliath case: A young family is claiming they are the victims of the latest “abuse of power” scandal by El Dorado County — the Goliath trying to take away their property.

Bruce and Claudia Wade, a family with two young children, purchased a property by the river 14 years ago and lived there in harmony for 7 years. That changed when El Dorado County purchased adjoining property and allowed the American River Conservancy (ARC), who has been squatting on the property, to harass the Wades. At first everything seemed fine, the Wades were in talks with the County (department directors and Board of Supervisor members) about a land swap that would work out for both parties. The County also said that they would do something about the harassment by ARC. But then this solution was put on hold due to changes at County management and staff at the County and then was dropped altogether as problems mounted.

The County started demanding unrestricted access to the Wade’s property. This allowed strangers to walk around the property and scare their two young children. Fearing for their family’s safety they did what any parent would do to protect their children, they tried to restrict access – and that is when their nightmare got worse. The Wade family has documentation that they have been harassed by the ARC. The family has been unjustly accused of crimes and visitors to their home were turned away or force to pay at the ARC kiosk to enter the property. Profanities were commonly used to try to bully them – even in front of their young children. The County allowed ARC to install surveillance cameras that were aimed directly at their property, taking pictures of their young children, a clear invasion of privacy.

When the Wades tried to protect themselves from this bullying they found out the only way they could do that was to sue for harassment. The County struck back and counter-sued. In proceeding with this counter-suit, the County didn’t follow guidelines of disclosure necessary to spend public funds. The County is now throwing everything they can into this lawsuit to discredit the Wades and cover up their actions.

The Wades are struggling to juggle the cost of home ownership with their mounting legal costs, their pockets are not deep. In fact, when they first moved to the property they lived for 12 years in a mobile home, while they built their house piece by piece to make their dream of home ownership a reality.

Now the County is threatening to take all that away. Even though the previously agreed upon land swap with the County makes more sense long term, the County has spent over $150,000 to date and is trying to use Eminent Domain in order to take the land away. The County is using taxpayer money, which they allocated illegally, to wage this war to bankrupt the Wades. The Wades are wondering: “What can we do? We are just a small family trying to live peacefully in the home we worked hard to build with our own hands. It’s really sad to think our own tax dollars are being used against us and for no good reason. We have a solution, developed by previous County engineers and County directors; it doesn’t have to come to this.”

Ask yourselves, should this be the role of government?

The lawsuit (Case number: PC20120264) is scheduled to begin on November 9, 2015 at the Cameron Park Courthouse. The Wades are urging your help: spread the word, show up to court, and call your supervisor to tell them to stop this action.

This has happened to other families in the county, however the Wades are one of the few speaking up. The Wades are in the process of establishing a Government Anti-Bullying Campaign Fund to spread the word and provide financial aid for those who don’t have the resources to defend themselves against government tyranny. For further information, you can e-mail the Wades at StopGovernmentBullies@gmail.com